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17. Despite forceful legal pleas for the restitution of expropriated cultural artifacts to the place of their origin, the British Museum continues to rebuff the Greek authorities requesting that it should return the Parthenon marbles removed from the Acropolis by Lord Elgin in 1806.
(A) requesting that it should
(B) requesting them to
(C) and its request to
(D) who request that it
(E) who request them to
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Re: KAPLAN SC 3 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 08:49
got to be b/w A and D..
IMO D..
OA plz
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Re: KAPLAN SC 3 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 09:28
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got to be b/w A and D..
IMO D..
OA plz



OA is D...Please explain.... ".................who request that it return the " does this make sense?
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Re: KAPLAN SC 3 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 10:05
The Answer is D for sure....
Because The word Request must use Subjunctive Mood...
For Subjunctive mood -->
--> Verb+to should not come.
--> "Should " should not come.
--> Verb+s should not come.


(A) requesting that it should ::wrong
(B) requesting them to ::wrong
(C) and its request to ::wrong
(D) who request that it ::Correct
(E) who request them to ::wrong

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Re: KAPLAN SC 3 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 17:13
I said (B) because I thought "them" would refer to the Greek authorities.

I was torn between (B) and (E) though. Would like a good explanation...
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This question hinges on two things:

1) Who is doing the requesting?
2) What is the idiomatic form of 'requesting'


The answer to 1) is the Greek authorities - they want the British Museum return the Elgin marbles. So we need an answer choice that clearly shows this relationship. Based on this information let's eliminate.

A) requesting that

This answer suggests that the British are doing the requesting. Notice that the subject of the main clause is 'British museum.' The verb phrase "continue to rebuff" refers to British Museum. So when you place the gerund 'requesting' it refers back to British Museum, which is clearly wrong.

B) requesting them

This answer choice makes a similar error with the use of 'requesting.' Also, British Museum, the one who should return the Elgin marbles, is a singular entity and thus requires 'it' not 'them.'

C) its request

Here we are implying that the British museum is doing the requesting

For point 2) we want the construction, "request that..." This is an example of the subjunctive voice, which is a person/thing is desiring something. Typically words in this tense, such as request, require the use of 'that.'

With this knowledge, we can clearly get rid of (E) who request them to.

Notice that (E) also use 'them' when it should be using 'it'.

Therefore the answer is (D) who request that it. Note that the 'who' clearly modifies Greek authorities (remember the touch rule).

Hope that helped :)
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Re: KAPLAN SC 3 [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 03:03
Despite forceful legal pleas for X, the British Museum continues to rebuff the Greek authorities requesting that it should return the Parthenon marbles removed from the Acropolis by Lord Elgin in 1806.

(A) requesting that it should

(D) who request that it

Basically its the question of command subjunctive. furthermore in A "requesting" is correctly modifying the greek guys.

D is correct because of correct command subjunctive Construction.
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Re: Despite forceful legal pleas for the restitution of [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2014, 05:41
ChrisLele wrote:
This question hinges on two things:

1) Who is doing the requesting?
2) What is the idiomatic form of 'requesting'


The answer to 1) is the Greek authorities - they want the British Museum return the Elgin marbles. So we need an answer choice that clearly shows this relationship. Based on this information let's eliminate.

A) requesting that

This answer suggests that the British are doing the requesting. Notice that the subject of the main clause is 'British museum.' The verb phrase "continue to rebuff" refers to British Museum. So when you place the gerund 'requesting' it refers back to British Museum, which is clearly wrong.

B) requesting them

This answer choice makes a similar error with the use of 'requesting.' Also, British Museum, the one who should return the Elgin marbles, is a singular entity and thus requires 'it' not 'them.'

C) its request

Here we are implying that the British museum is doing the requesting

For point 2) we want the construction, "request that..." This is an example of the subjunctive voice, which is a person/thing is desiring something. Typically words in this tense, such as request, require the use of 'that.'

With this knowledge, we can clearly get rid of (E) who request them to.

Notice that (E) also use 'them' when it should be using 'it'.

Therefore the answer is (D) who request that it. Note that the 'who' clearly modifies Greek authorities (remember the touch rule).

Hope that helped :)


Sorry but I am not clear on how this is pointing back to British mueseum and implying that it is the British museum which is requesting. The closest antecedent is Greek authorities along with the conjunction 'and' - doesn't this imply Greek authorities ?
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